The stakes and the emotions were higher this time, but Woodlawn put away Broadmoor much the same way it did three weeks ago when the teams first played.
Cody Stevenson provided the spark with four first-half goals, and Woodlawn defeated District 4 rival Broadmoor 7-1 in the first round of the LHSAA’s Division II playoffs at Woodlawn.
Ninth-seeded Woodlawn (13-3-1) beat Broadmoor 7-2 on Jan. 13, a game that was also played at Woodlawn. The Panthers, who advanced to the state semifinals the past two seasons, advance to play at No. 8 Benton in the regional round.
No. 24 Broadmoor (7-3-4) ends its season after advancing to the playoffs for the first time in four years.
“I was trying to find openings in the defense,” Stevenson said. “We were able to put our chances away and score. Everybody played good in the first half, but it was a crazy game.”
Stevenson was referencing second-half play, when the action got chippy as Woodlawn extended a 5-1 halftime lead to 7-1. It led to multiple hard fouls. Woodlawn was given a yellow card while Broadmoor was shown two yellow cards and two red cards.
The game was called in the 75th minute, but Woodlawn coach Andrew Barnes credited his team’s maturity as a factor in keeping its focus and composure.
“A lot of our sophomore starters from last year are juniors now,” Barnes said. “To me, that’s a huge difference to have maturity and a little composure while you’re out there. That showed when the game deteriorated a little in the second half.”
In the opening half, Christopher Enamorado passing helped set up Stevenson, who scored the game’s first four goals. Enamorado added the fifth goal of the half himself.
“(Broadmoor) played a high line, and we knew that from the last time we played them,” Barnes said. “All we had to do was get the ball past them, and we were in. That’s what we did, over and over again.”
In the second half, Enamorado scored again after a crossing pass from Erick Ixcotoyac. Jacob Barnes added the final goal on a 30-yard free kick in the 65th minute.
“In the beginning I don’t think we did what we needed to handle them,” Broadmoor coach Lauren Schaff said. “But we did some things this year that no one expected us to do. I told them they grew as young men more than they did as soccer players.”